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Police net 191 bottles of methadone in early morning raid

DRUG HAUL: Constable Carl Newman with 191 vials of methadone, a knuckle-duster/taser and drug paraphernalia that were seized in the raid.
DRUG HAUL: Constable Carl Newman with 191 vials of methadone, a knuckle-duster/taser and drug paraphernalia that were seized in the raid. Andrew Korner

POLICE have uncovered a stash of nearly 200 bottles of methadone during an early morning search of an Ipswich property.

A tip-off from members of the public led Karana Downs officers to a house on Kholo Rd, Kholo, where a search warrant was executed about 6.20am yesterday.

Officers will allege that they found 191 bottles of the drug - each in identical 15 milligram doses.

Methadone is commonly prescribed to heroin addicts and is strictly controlled in the way it is distributed through pharmacies.

Alarmingly, the search also uncovered a taser device that doubled as a knuckle duster, as well as electronic scales, small amounts of other drugs and some drug paraphernalia.

A man, 35, and his partner, a 34-year-old woman, have been charged with several offences, including drugs and weapons possession.

The man will appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court on September 4, while the woman will appear September 26.

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Police are continuing their investigations in relation to possible drugs trafficking charges.

Methadone is provided for free to those who are on the strictly controlled medical program for people recovering from drug addiction.

There is a street market for methadone, however - particularly amongst those users who are unable to get onto a medical program.

An approximate street value of the bottles seized yesterday was unknown - with both police and pharmacists unwilling to speculate.

Those bottles confiscated by police all appeared to have been obtained from the one pharmacy, as they carried identical labels of a major chain.

Inspector Charysse Pond said police wished to thank members of the community for providing information which led to the raid.

"If members of the public have any concerns about drug crime going on in their neighbourhood, they should contact Crime Stoppers," Insp Pond said.

Topics:  ipswich magistrates court, methadone



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